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Antropologicheskij forum, 2015, no. 25

 

A Review of HÉLÈNE MIALET, HAWKING INCORPORATED: STEPHEN HAWKING AND THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE KNOWING SUBJECT. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012, 266 pp.

Ilia Utekhin

European University at St Petersburg
3 Gagarinskaya Str., St Petersburg, Russia
ilya.utekhin()gmail.com

Abstract: Helene Mialet’s work presents the results of an ethnographic study of the famous scientist Stephen Hawking who is considered to be a complex assemblage of people, technical devices, and the biological body of a disabled person. The anthropological inquiry into the knowing subject is made possible as part of the approach advanced by the representatives of Science and Technology Studies who engage actor-network theory. Mialet considers practises of communication, as well as the work of the networks that provide for scientific creativity and presentation of Hawking in the media. Similar structures might be observed elsewhere, but it is Hawking’s disability that reveals the structure of the socio-technical system within which Hawking’s thoughts, utterances, and identities are distributed. His disability brings about the specific configuration of the system that enables Hawking to exist, and works as an interface between him and the world. It is the place of Hawking’s biological body that is special in this case.

Keywords: science and technology studies, cognition, disability.

To cite: Utekhin I., 'A Review of Hélène Mialet, Hawking Incorporated: Stephen Hawking and the Anthropology of the Knowing Subject. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012, 266 pp.'Antropologicheskij forum, 2015, no. 25, pp. 181–187.

URL: http://anthropologie.kunstkamera.ru/files/pdf/025/utekhin.pdf